Free ART Bus Rides Ahead for APS Students – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Site

Posted on August 26, 2022



Starting this school year, Arlington Public Schools (APS) middle and high school students will be able to ride for free anytime on Arlington Transit (ART), the county’s bus transit system, with an iRide card. SmartTrip.

Students with existing iRide cards will automatically receive free transit when classes begin on Mon., August 29with no further action required.

APS students who do not have an iRide card can obtain one for free by contacting their school transportation coordinator or visiting one of Arlington’s commuter stores with their student card. Due to supply chain issues, iRide cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who cannot obtain a card in time for the start of the school year can anticipate a new inventory in October.

Free Rides on ART expands the Arlington Transportation Office’s pilot program to provide public transportation service to APS students who have limited transportation options to get to school. With this latest program, students can travel anywhere for free, not just school and home trips.

Previously, students could ride ART for $1, half the normal fare, with a registered iRide card. The iRide card can also be used to pay fares on Metrobus, Metrorail and other regional transit systems, and provides valuable ridership data to the Transit Office for use in decision making.

About the ART-Bus

All 16 Arlington Transit (ART) routes operate in Arlington County to provide neighborhood routes across the county as well as regional connections to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express. Visit the ART website to find maps, timetables and plan a trip.

Edwin S. Wolfe